Canadians split on what defines Canada, Ipsos poll finds

A new survey suggests Canadians have many different notions about what defines their country.

The Ipsos poll, commissioned by Historica Canada, asked a number of questions about various aspects of Canadiana ranging from inquiries about the preferred Canadian dinner companion to most effective single word to describe the country.

Almost across the board, the online poll found little consensus on any of the questions but instead elicited a wide variety of answers.

When asked what single word would describe Canada, the most popular answer was freedom or liberty.

Participants were asked to choose which living or dead Canadian they'd most like to have dinner with, and the top choice, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, earned just eight per cent of votes.

The survey even found dissent on some of the country's most stereotypical national symbols, with one third of respondents admitting to a hatred of hockey and 37 per cent disputing the tastiness of ketchup chips.